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Coronavirus Update
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  1. Last Chance to Stroll around Mizumoto


    Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is also open for the season, following installation of new concrete sidewalks. The 7.5-acre walled was created in 1985 and includes a large koi lake, moon bridge, meditation garden, tea house and traditional Japanese garden landscaping. The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens close Nov. 1 and may be open seasonally for winter lights. 891-1515

    AGE
    All ages
    TIME
    Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    FEE
    $4/Adults, $2/Children 3-12 yrs. Kids 2 and under are free.

     

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Special Events



  1. Virtual Kid'Athlon


    Virtual Kid’Athlon is a mini-triathlon for kids ages 5-12 years. Complete and time your own events in swimming, biking and running throughout the month of September. Compete on your own pace and own course. See suggested routes and locations below. After completing all three race segments, log your results here to show off your times! Pre-registration required.


    AGE
    5-12 yrs. old
    DATE
    Sept. 1-30
    FEE
    $20/child

     


  2. Sept. 26-27: Frisco Highline Overnight Bike Trip


    All aboard! Grab your bicycle and join us as we ride the 40-mile Frisco Highline Trail in its entirety from Springfield to Bolivar, over two days, including a camp-out. Enjoy scenic views, small towns and a whole lot of gravel. No need to tote your camping gear — we shuttle it for you. This is a moderate level trip, so physical fitness is a must. Transportation to the trailhead and back to Springfield, as well as dinner and the campsite are included. Bring your own bike, water and snacks. Camping gear available for rent. Register by Sept. 25.
    Daily Mileage
    Day 1: 19.3 miles Springfield, MO-Walnut Grove, MO
    Day 2: 20.1 miles Walnut Grove, MO-Bolivar, MO

     Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    AGE
    15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
    DATE
    Sept. 26-27
    TIME
    Sat., 12 p.m.-Sun., 5 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Frisco Highline Trail
    FEE
    $65/Person

     

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Fun for All Ages



  1. Tues. & Thurs.: Beginning and Advanced Tae Kwon Do


    Helps build self-confidence, teaches self-defense skills while making new friends. Beginners and advanced ages 5 and up are all welcome. View flyer Doling Family Center 837-5900

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Session 8: Sept. 8-Oct. 1
    TIME
    Tues. & Thurs., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $30/Members, $40/Non-members

     


  2. Sept. 4, 25: Guided Float


    Join us for a guided float on the James River Water Trail and group hike! Great for beginners. You will learn the safety and basics of paddling before launching on Lake Springfield and head to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center to go hiking. Spot wildlife both on and off the water and learn more about the area from one of our guides. After, you can enjoy snacks and socializing on the lawn. (If you have any dietary or physical restrictions, please notify park staff when enrolling for this event.)

    AGE
    10 and up. Please note that ages 10-17 must have an adult with them on the water to participate (ages 14-17 can be in their own boat, ages 10-13 must be in a boat with an adult).
    DATE
    Friday, Sept. 4, 25; Oct. 9
    TIME
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Lake Springfield
    FEE
    $30/participant - must be paid at time of registration. Includes boat rental, paddle and life jacket.

     


  3. Wednesdays: Hungry Humpdays at the Zoo


    Every Wednesday in September, bring four canned/nonperishable food items per person to receive $3 off admission (may not be combined with any other discounts or coupons). All food donations help support Ozarks Food Harvest during Hunger Action Month.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Wed., Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
    TIME
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $15/adults and teens, $10/children 3-12 yrs., $12/60 yrs. and up, Free/Children 2 and under and FOZ members

     

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Get Outside



  1. Sept. 4, 25: Guided Float


    Join us for a guided float on the James River Water Trail and group hike! Great for beginners. You will learn the safety and basics of paddling before launching on Lake Springfield and head to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center to go hiking. Spot wildlife both on and off the water and learn more about the area from one of our guides. After, you can enjoy snacks and socializing on the lawn. (If you have any dietary or physical restrictions, please notify park staff when enrolling for this event.)

    AGE
    10 and up. Please note that ages 10-17 must have an adult with them on the water to participate (ages 14-17 can be in their own boat, ages 10-13 must be in a boat with an adult).
    DATE
    Friday, Sept. 4, 25; Oct. 9
    TIME
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Lake Springfield
    FEE
    $30/participant - must be paid at time of registration. Includes boat rental, paddle and life jacket.

     


  2. Sept. 12-13: Current River Paddle Trip


    Paddle an easy and scenic 17 miles of the Current River, Cedargrove Access to Pulltite. This overnight trip is distinguished by abundant springs, a cave that can be paddled into and points of historical interest. Transportation and boat included. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear and meal planning available. Register by Sept. 10. This program is tentative based on COVID-19 regulations.

    AGE
    12 yrs. and up (12-17 yrs. with an adult)
    DATE
    Sept. 12-13
    TIME
    Sat., 9 a.m.-Sun., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Current River
    FEE
    $60/Person

     


  3. Fri., Sept. 25: Bat Flight at Sequiota Park


    Learn basic information on Gray Bats, Tri-Colored Bats and maybe see the twilight flight of Endangered Gray Bats from Sequiota Cave. Registration required. Limited to 25 participants. Register by day Sept. 25. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri., Sept. 25
    TIME
    7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Sequiota Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  4. Sept. 26-27: Frisco Highline Overnight Bike Trip


    All aboard! Grab your bicycle and join us as we ride the 40-mile Frisco Highline Trail in its entirety from Springfield to Bolivar, over two days, including a camp-out. Enjoy scenic views, small towns and a whole lot of gravel. No need to tote your camping gear — we shuttle it for you. This is a moderate level trip, so physical fitness is a must. Transportation to the trailhead and back to Springfield, as well as dinner and the campsite are included. Bring your own bike, water and snacks. Camping gear available for rent. Register by Sept. 25.
    Daily Mileage
    Day 1: 19.3 miles Springfield, MO-Walnut Grove, MO
    Day 2: 20.1 miles Walnut Grove, MO-Bolivar, MO

     Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    AGE
    15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
    DATE
    Sept. 26-27
    TIME
    Sat., 12 p.m.-Sun., 5 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Frisco Highline Trail
    FEE
    $65/Person

     

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Kids’ Sports & Programs



  1. Cardio Kickboxing


    Learn the basics of kickboxing and burn calories with this high-intensity cardio workout. No registration required. View flyer.

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Ongoing
    TIME
    Mon., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily fee/Non-member

     


  2. Sept. 5-Oct. 17: Tiny Dancers


    Learn basic movements of ballet while having a lot of fun.

    AGE
    3-4 yrs.
    DATE
    Sept. 5-Oct. 17
    TIME
    Sat., 9-9:45 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $30/Members, $40/Non-members

     


  3. Sept. 5-Oct. 17: Kids Dance


    Basic Ballet and Jazz with beginning, intermediate, and advanced class offerings. Must be at least 5 years old.

    AGE
    5-10 yrs.
    DATE
    Sept. 5-Oct. 17
    TIME
    Sat., time varies, click link for details
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $30/Members, $40/Non-members

     


  4. Mon. & Wed.: Generation Pound


    A youth-oriented program that fuses movement and music to improve focus, coordination, physical fitness and teamwork skills. Kids use special drumsticks and are encouraged to explore movement and embrace their creativity. Registration required by calling 837-5900 or at Doling Family Center front desk. View flyer.

    AGE
    6-14 yrs.
    DATE
    Aug. 31-Dec. 14
    TIME
    Mon., Wed., 6-7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily Fee/Non-member

     


  5. Sept. 3-Nov. 17: Youth and Homeschool HorseSHOE I & II


    Sheriff’s Horsemanship Outreach and Education (HorseSHOE) teaches safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Horses and helmets provided. Six students/class. Equestrian Center 833-3291

    AGE
    7-16 yrs.
    DATE
    SHOE I Session 1: Thurs., Sept. 3-24;
    SHOE I Session 2: Tues., Sept. 29-Oct. 20;
    SHOE II Session 1: Thurs., Oct. 1-22;
    SHOE II Session 2: Tues., Oct. 27, Nov. 3-17
    TIME
    4:30-5:30 p.m.;
    Home School: 10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    FEE
    $80/4 group lessons

     


  6. Tues. & Thurs.: Beginning and Advanced Tae Kwon Do


    Helps build self-confidence, teaches self-defense skills while making new friends. Beginners and advanced ages 5 and up are all welcome. View flyer Doling Family Center 837-5900

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Session 8: Sept. 8-Oct. 1
    TIME
    Tues. & Thurs., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $30/Members, $40/Non-members

     


  7. Now: SPARC Before and After School Programs


    SPARC Before and After School Program is a licensed child care program that provides a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow both before and after school through a variety of clubs, sports, enrichment activities, homework help, and mentoring. SPARC Before & After School Care is only available for days your child is receiving in-person instruction. Reduced rates available; proof of free/reduced meal status required. View flyer. SPARC 837-5737

    AGE
    Grades K-6
    TIME
    6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.
    BEFORE & AFTER LOCATIONS
    Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Westport, & Wilson’s Creek
    AFTER ONLY LOCATIONS
    Carver, Cherokee, & Williams
    FEE
    $8/Week/Child for Before School; $16/Week/Child for After School

     


  8. Wednesdays: Wacky Wednesdays with SPARC


    SPARC will provide a safe environment and assistance with virtual learning every Wednesday. Each child needs to bring their school-issued supplies and headphones to participate in virtual learning activities. Masks are required. This program is only available to students currently enrolled in SPARC Before and After programs. View flyer. SPARC 837-5737

    AGE
    Grades K-6
    TIME
    Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    LOCATIONS
    Harrison, Truman, Westport, & Wilson’s Creek
    FEE
    $$20/Child/Day

     


  9. Sept. 21-Nov. 11: Mite Hockey Program


    Designed for young kids to enjoy hockey and develop skills through age-specific practices using USA Hockey’s American Development Model. The rink and equipment are sized down for younger players, allowing for more puck touches and individual involvement. Focus is on hockey basics: skating, passing, shooting, puck handling and teamwork, through drills and fun games. USA Hockey membership required. Staff will assess whether players are ready for this program.Jordan Valley Ice Park 874-2934

    AGE
    8 yrs. and under
    DATE
    Sept. 21-Nov. 11
    TIME
    Mon. and Wed., 5:45 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Jordan Valley Ice Park
    FEE
    $100/session

     


  10. Sept. 21-25: Zoom at the Zoo: After School Virtual Camps


    Perfect for educators looking for after school activities, or for students and families looking to explore nature through interactive, virtual programs and activity-rich resources. Must have a computer or tablet and internet access. Registration required. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    AGE
    Grades 2-5
    DATE
    Sept. 21-25: What Bird Is That?
    TIME
    Mon.-Fri. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    FEE
    $50/FOZ Member, $75/Non-member

     


  11. Sept. 13, 20: Keeper for a Day


    New in 2020, a limited opportunity to shadow education animal staff (only two students each day.) Participate in daily care duties of education animal ambassadors, including: feeding, cleaning and more. Roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty! Experience includes lunch at the zoo. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    AGE
    Grades 2-3
    DATE
    Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
    TIME
    12:30-4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $60/FOZ Member, $75/Non-member

    AGE
    Grades 4-6
    DATE
    Sept. 20, Oct. 11, Nov. 15, Dec. 20
    TIME
    12:30-4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $60/FOZ Member, $75/Non-member

     


  12. Sept. 23, 25, 26: Zoo Tots


    Zoo Tots classes are designed to spark curiosity and encourage discovery in young children. Classes include a craft, meeting animal friends and forming a connection with the natural world. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    AGE
    Children 2-5 who have not started kindergarten (with one adult)
    DATE
    Sept. 23; Sept. 25; Sept. 26: Rivers and Streams
    TIME
    10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $10/FOZ Member, $15/Non-member

     

Adult Sports & Programs



  1. Tuesdays: Yoga at Chesterfield


    A five week session of yoga that can accommodate any level of experience. This class is lower paced with stretching and breathing exercises. This is a good place to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques. Bring your own mats.View flyer.

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Aug. 18-Sept. 15
    TIME
    Tues., 7:15-8:45 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Chesterfield Family Center
    FEE
    $155

     


  2. Daily: Water Aerobics at Chesterfield


    Available at both Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers. A great way to get in shape with minimal impact on your muscles and joints. This program is tentative based on current COVID-19 regulations. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

    TIME
    Mon.-Sat., 8:30 & 9:30 a.m.; Mon., Wed., Fri., 5:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Chesterfield Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Members, Daily fee/Non-members

     


  3. Daily: Water Aerobics at Doling


    Available at both Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers. A great way to get in shape with minimal impact on your muscles and joints. This program is tentative based on current COVID-19 regulations. Doling Family Center 837-5900

    TIME
    Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.; Tues., Thurs., 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Members, Daily fee/Non-members

     


  4. Sept. 8-Oct. 15: Total Yoga at Doling


    One-hour mix of yoga and Pilates, ideal for improving balance, coordination, peace of mind and overall health. Yoga mat, blocks and blankets are required. Doling Family Center 837-5900

    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    TIME
    Tues., 9 a.m. or 6:15 p.m.; Thurs., 6:15 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Members, $45/Non-members

     


  5. Sept 19-Oct 17: Tai Chi at Dan Kinney


    Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Session 2: Sept 19-Oct 17
    TIME
    Sat., 10 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Dan Kinney Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member; $45/Non-Member

     


  6. Sept. 22-Oct. 20: Yoga at Chesterfield


    A five week session of yoga that can accommodate any level of experience. This class is lower paced with stretching and breathing exercises. A good place to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques. Bring your own mats. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up
    DATE
    September 22- October 20
    TIME
    Tues., 7:15-8:45 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Chesterfield Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member; $45/Non-Member

     


  7. Sept. 24 – Oct. 22: Yoga at Dan Kinney


    Learn proper breathing techniques and gentle, yet powerful, yoga poses to help reduce stress and increase flexibility.  Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Sept. 24 – Oct. 22
    TIME
    Thurs., 6 p.m
    LOCATION
    Dan Kinney Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member; $45/Non-Member

     

Accessible Recreation


  1. Thursdays: Disc Golf

    Come out and see more beautiful parks while gaining a new skill with Accessible Recreation! Disc Golf Is a great way to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors! Classes will cover basics of the game including rules, short and long throws, and good form, all in a fun and supportive environment! Six-foot physical distancing guidelines will be followed for the health and safety of all participants. Call 837-5808 to register. Pre-registration is required.

    For ages 18 yrs. and up with a disability
    Starting Aug. 20, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    $5/Week


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